Chewy Hermit Bars Recipe

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4.7 from 10 reviews

A classic chewy molasses cookie with great flavour (thank you cloves). Quick and easy to make. Optional glaze is pretty and delicious.


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  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned in
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add the molasses and then the egg.
  3. Combine well then stir in the dry ingredients.
  4. When it comes together as a dough add the raisins.
  5. Divide dough in half and form each piece into a 12” log.
  6. Place in a parchment lined baking sheet a few inches apart.
  7. Flatten the logs slightly.
  8. Bake at 375 F for 18 minutes.
  9. Start checking them at the 15 minute mark because you don’t want them to get dark around the edges.
  10. Remove from oven, cool on the pan and cut into strips on the diagonal.

If glazing, let cool 10 minutes before drizzling with the icing. Slice when cookies are cool and glaze has hardened.


Vanilla Glaze:

  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1  Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine ingredients, adding more milk is necessary to ensure it’s runny. Spoon over the baked bars. Let harden then cut bars on the diagonal.